Sicario: Day of the Soldado
This film is a perfect example of why I see most movies alone. I almost always enjoy the ride, and few others share my enthusiasm.
Since it looks like this film will soon disappear from the theater, you better hunt it down quickly if you have any desire to see it. Unfortunately, though Sicario: Day of the Soldado again stars both Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, it lacks the contributions of Emily Blunt that gave the first film its emotional strength.
Here, Brolin renews his role as Federal Agent Matt Graver, an officer lacking any moral code as he attempts to maintain some type of international law and order. Given the government’s conclusion that terrorists are being smuggled into the United States with the help of Mexican drug cartels, he is charged with the task of eliminating that problem by whatever means he views acceptable.
In the process, he again employs the equally amoral Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) to kidnap a drug kingpin’s daughter and thereafter create a conflict between the cartels that will hopefully result in a war where they destroy each other.
Though it appeared to be an intriguing idea, this quest failed from the very beginning. While Brolin’s character is barely more likeable than the villains he played this year in both Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, the principal reason to see this film is to enjoy the performance of Del Toro’s Alejandro and his relationship with his young kidnapped victim, played memorably by Isabela Moner. Despite his own daughter having been previously killed by the cartel, Del Toro develops an attachment to the young girl that enables the movie to overcome its other weaknesses.
Let me close by referring you to my recent review of Jurassic World where I commented on the remarkable performances by young girls in films released this past year. Ms. Moner joins that group, and here she will come close to breaking your heart as a young girl who develops an attachment to her kidnapper as they both try to outrun pursuers.
While I won’t give it away, the ending strongly suggests that another film will be in the making. However, given this movie’s inability to last for over two weeks in several major theaters, this could be the end of its cinematic road.
Regardless, as a movie fan, I enjoyed the ride.